NYS AHEC System Statewide Office/Western Region Office
Leishia B. Smallwood, MPA
Director, New York State AHEC System
Tel: (716) 816-7273
Fax: (716) 845-6899
“NYS AHEC System provides the platform for individuals to realize their potential in the fields of primary care, nursing and allied health, through educational opportunities and programming. The goal of AHEC is to increase diversity amongst health practitioners who are ready and able to meet the needs of patients in underserved areas, while empowering better health and healthier communities. From pipeline to practice AHEC is the answer!” - Leishia Smallwood
Leadership for the New York State AHEC System is provided by community-based centers, the Statewide Office at the University at Buffalo, and regional offices at Upstate Medical University, Albany Medical College and The Institute for Family Health.
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New York State AHEC System Executive Council
The NYS AHEC System operates under the authority of its Executive Council appointed from positions structured within the NYS AHEC System. The voting members of the Executive Council are as follows:
- Director of each AHEC within the NYS AHEC System
- Director of each Regional Office within the NYS AHEC System
- Medical Director of each Regional Office within the NYS AHEC System
- Director of the NYS AHEC System
- Associate Director of the NYS AHEC System
New York State AHEC System Advisory Board
The New York State AHEC System Advisory Board was established to:
- Advise the New York State AHEC System regarding the workforce shortage issues facing the health care system in New York State;
- Foster community-focused, multidisciplinary approach in health care training and service delivery by assisting the New York State AHEC System to identify barriers to and opportunities for health professions schools expansion of clinical training opportunities into underserved rural and urban communities;
- Help develop linkages between the New York State AHEC System and other state agencies, state programs and community resources (such as county public health units, community health centers, rural health networks and other community-based providers and clinical practice sites) to enhance the effectiveness of the New York State AHEC System; and
- Assist the New York State AHEC System in evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the New York State AHEC System.
The NYS AHEC System is a member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO).
The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.
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